Marauders (2016)


Introduction

Marauders is a 2016 American crime film directed by Steven C. Miller and written by Michael Cody and Chris Sivertson. The film stars Christopher Meloni, Bruce Willis, Dave Bautista, and Adrian Grenier.

Meloni plays an FBI agent investigating a series of brutal bank robberies that seem to be personally targeting a ruthless CEO played by Willis.

Outline

In Cincinnati, four masked thieves rob $3 million in cash from Hubert National Bank. The crew’s leader executes manager Steven Hutchinson point-blank. FBI Special Agent Jonathan Montgomery heads the joint robbery-homicide investigation with Cincinnati PD. Forensics techs find a print matched to a dead Army Ranger named TJ Jackson. According to the official report, in 2011, TJ’s unit went rogue, capturing civilian Alexander Hubert to collect a ransom. The exchange went awry and Alexander and the Rangers were killed by a Special Forces team. TJ’s body was never recovered. As the sole heir, Jeffrey Hubert, Alexander’s brother, became president of Hubert International. By tracking the serial numbers, the FBI discovers the thieves donated the money to a City Mission charity fund.

In a second heist at a different Hubert bank location, the thieves steal cash and the contents of personal safety deposit boxes belonging to Hubert and Ohio Senator Cook. David Dagley, a member of Hubert’s security detail, is lured to the bank then stabbed to death in an ambush. The killer leaves a bullet with TJ’s fingerprint on it. Dagley was Commanding Officer of the Rangers who snatched Alexander Hubert but didn’t take part in the ransom scheme. The getaway vehicle is discovered registered to TJ’s brother, James. Montgomery receives photo evidence of an apparent homosexual affair between Hubert and Cook, and the thieves attempt to persuade Montgomery into investigating Hubert’s corruption. Converging on the Main Branch for the third robbery, the thieves surprise the FBI during an interview with Hubert. High-powered rifle firefights erupt across the lobby as the men engage in close quarters combat. One thief is killed, and the three others retreat into the downtown traffic. Victims Hutchinson and Dagley are found to be old members of an elite platoon with Cook.

Montgomery is sent a file stolen from Hubert detailing the conspiracy to commit murder and military cover-up. It leaks to the media, and the truth finally outs: Hubert conspired with Cook to prevent Alexander from taking over the company. They briefed the Ranger unit with false mission intel of a terrorist threat in Costa Rica. The Rangers sent in were then assessed as rogue agents and ambushed by a Special Forces team with no knowledge of the Rangers’ innocence. TJ was the sole survivor, saved by then-Special Forces sniper Wells.

With his assets frozen, Hubert hastily makes large unauthorized cash withdrawals to flee the country. TJ is tracked by the FBI to a concert venue and taken into custody. FBI Special Agent Wells is revealed to be the thief crew leader, and three special forces members that attacked TJ’s squad are accomplices. He planned the heists as vengeance for the Ranger massacre he took part in. Recalling a key detail in a map location, detective Mims predicts Wells as the thief and arrives as Wells preps to leave the stash spot with the cash. Tormented by a guilty conscience and his wife’s terminal cancer prognosis, Mims pleads with Wells to allow him to return the stolen money and atone. Wells tries to reason with Mims but kills him as Mims raises his weapon.

Some time later, Montgomery tracks Hubert to Tijuana, Mexico. He finds Wells preparing to kill Hubert in a restaurant and suggests Wells absolve his transgressions by using the stolen money to help others. Montgomery takes a seat at Hubert’s table, sips wine in remembrance of his wife, then stabs Hubert with a concealed blade. Wells shoots Hubert’s bodyguard, shares a glance with Montgomery, and leaves.

Cast

  • Christopher Meloni as Special Agent Jonathan Montgomery.
  • Bruce Willis as Jeffrey Hubert.
  • Dave Bautista as Agent Stockwell.
  • Adrian Grenier as Special Agent Wells.
  • Texas Battle as Ranger TJ Jackson.
  • Johnathon Schaech as Detective Brian Mims.
  • Lydia Hull as Special Agent Lydia Chase.
  • Tyler Jon Olson as Detective Zach Derohan.
  • Christopher Rob Bowen as Bradley Teegan.
  • Danny A. Abeckaser as Detective Antonio Leon.
  • Richie Chance as Command Officer David Dagley.
  • Tara Holt as Reporter Vanessa Adler.
  • Carolyn Alise as Martha.
  • Chris Hill as James Jackson.
  • Jesse Pruett as Carl Bartender.

Production

On 09 September 2015, it was announced that Steven C. Miller would be directing a bank robbery film Marauders based on the script by Michael Cody and Chris Sivertson. Bruce Willis, Christopher Meloni, and Dave Bautista would star in the film, which Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films would finance and produce while Lionsgate Premiere would release it. Lydia Hull, Tyler Olson, Christopher Rob Bowen, and Danny A. Abeckaser would also star in the film. Randall Emmett and George Furla would produce through Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films along with Joshua Harris and Rosie Charbonneau through 4th Wall Entertainment. On 25 September 2015, Adrian Grenier joined the film.

Principal photography on the film began on 25 September 2015, in Cincinnati, Ohio. First-day filming took place at the Dixie Terminal building. On 26 September 2015, filming was underway at the Stock Yard Bank & Trust, which was transformed into Hubert National Bank. Filming also took place in Downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine through 16 October.

Trivia

  • In the scene where the F.B.I first brief the team on T.J. Jackson, the IQ code on his file is ‘3.14159265359’ (Pi).
  • In Hubert’s office, there is a monogrammed pillow on the couch.
    • The monogram reads “SCM” with the surname represented by a larger M in the middle.
    • The director’s name is Steven C. Miller.
  • Adrien Grenier’s character Wells is mockingly called G.I. Joe on numerous occasions in the movie.
    • The Marauder is a vehicle from the G.I. Joe Battleforce 2000 toy line.
    • Bruce Willis also had a starring role in the movie G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013).

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Steven C. Miller.
  • Producer(s):
    • Ryan S. Black … co-executive producer.
    • Montgomery Blencowe … executive producer.
    • Barry Brooker … executive producer.
    • Anthony Callie … co-producer.
    • Rosie Charbonneau … producer.
    • Randall Emmett … producer.
    • Ted Fox … executive producer.
    • George Furla … producer.
    • Jon Galanis … assistant producer (as Jonathan Galanis).
    • Wayne Marc Godfrey … executive producer.
    • Joshua Harris … producer.
    • Anthony Jabre … executive producer.
    • Robert Jones … executive producer.
    • Arnaud Lannic … associate producer.
    • Corey Large … executive producer.
    • Vance Owen … executive producer.
    • Andrew C. Robinson … executive producer.
    • Steven Saxton … executive producer.
    • Kirk Shaw … executive producer.
    • Jack Silberman … executive producer.
    • William B. Steakley … line producer.
    • Mark Stewart … producer.
    • Timothy C. Sullivan … co-producer (as Tim Sullivan).
    • Jason Trawick … executive producer.
    • Jared Underwood … executive producer.
    • Slava Vladimirov … executive producer.
    • Stan Wertlieb … executive producer.
  • Writer(s): Michael Cody and Chris Sivertson.
  • Music: Ryan Dodson.
  • Cinematography: Brandon Cox.
  • Editor(s): Vincent Tabaillon.
  • Production:
    • Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films (EFO Films).
    • 4th Wall Entertainment.
    • Grindstone Entertainment Group.
    • Highland Film Group (HFG).
    • Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Highland Film Group (HFG) (2016) (World-wide) (all media) (sales).
    • Alfa Films (2017) (Argentina) (theatrical).
    • Cinemundo (2016) (Portugal) (theatrical).
    • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2016) (Netherlands) (theatrical).
    • Lionsgate Premiere (2016) (USA) (theatrical).
    • OctoArts Films (2016) (Philippines) (theatrical).
    • Parco Co. Ltd. (2017) (Japan) (theatrical).
    • SBP (2017) (Argentina) (theatrical).
    • Sabay MVP (2016) (Cambodia) (theatrical).
    • Shaw Organisation (2016) (Singapore) (theatrical).
    • Audio Visual Entertainment (2017) (Greece) (DVD).
    • Blue Swan Entertainment (2017) (Italy) (all media).
    • Defiant Screen Entertainment (2016) (Australia) (DVD).
    • Divisa Home Video (2016) (Spain) (DVD).
    • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2016) (Netherlands) (Blu-ray).
    • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2016) (Netherlands) (DVD).
    • Hotstar (2016) (World-wide) (video).
    • Inopia Films (2016) (Spain) (all media).
    • Netflix (2018) (Netherlands) (video) (VOD).
    • New KSM (2017) (Germany) (Blu-ray).
    • New KSM (2017) (Germany) (DVD).
    • Noori Pictures (2016) (Vietnam) (all media).
    • RTL Entertainment (2019) (Netherlands) (TV) (RTL7).
    • Transeuropa Video Entertainment (TVE) (2017) (Argentina) (DVD) (dubbed and subtitled versions).
  • Release Date: 01 July 2016 (Canada & US).
  • Running Time: 107 minutes.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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